Father’s Day has always been special since I have the best dad ever. He’s kind, patient, dependable, and, most importantly, rooted in the faith.
Without him, I wouldn’t be the devout Christian I am today. According to my dad, the Book of Psalms has always been instrumental in his fatherhood journey, so every year, to celebrate, we go through some of its verses.
Since the big day is around the corner, I brought up the topic and taught my Bible study attendees some Psalms they can use to pray for their dads.
I also went a step ahead to write this article about the best Psalms to read on Father’s Day.
6 Psalms to Read for Fathers
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.”
This verse equates God’s love and compassion to that that a Father has for His child.
Reading it on Father’s Day can serve as a reminder of how great our dads are since the Lord, who is the source of affection and mercy, acknowledges their amazing qualities.
“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.”
The psalmist in this Scripture says children are a heritage and reward from the Lord.
Even to the poor, God gives these gifts, so on Father’s Day, this verse can remind dads of how being a father is a divine blessing from God to be cherished.
“Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord.”
In these Psalms, wives are called fruitful vines, while children are the olive shoots. They are described as a blessing for the man who fears the Lord.
On Father’s Day, this helps dads understand that being a father (and husband) is a great gift given to God’s servants.
“We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.”
Here, the writer promises never to let their descendants forget the Lord. All the generations after him will praise and revere God.
Similarly, fathers are called to impart to their children Christian principles and virtues by devoting their lives to the Almighty.
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.”
This Psalm may be read on Father’s Day to assure the fatherless as it says God will be their father. It reminds orphans or those with absent fathers that God is the ultimate Father.
But, not only for the fatherless but for us all, so He should also be celebrated on Father’s Day.
“May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children. May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
These Psalms remind us of God’s blessings and how they flow through family lines, from fathers to their children. Reading and reflecting on these Scriptures prompts dads to follow the Lord so their lineage may remain in God’s favor.
How to Use Psalms to Pray for Your Father on Father’s Day?
To pray for your father on Father’s Day with these Psalms, Biblical scholars suggest Christians take these steps:
- Read and Meditate Over the Psalms: Scholars propound that reading and understanding the Word, in this case, the Psalms, before engaging them in prayer is vital. They advise us to meditate on them to truly understand what they mean.
- Praying Using the Psalms: Theologians encourage that after reflecting on the Psalms, we use the expressions communicated to pray for our fathers to have grace, compassion, love, and God’s guidance as they navigate fatherhood.
- Sharing the Psalms: Many Christians believe sharing the Word is a gift; therefore, sharing these Psalms can encourage our father figures and be an act of thanksgiving to show we appreciate them and the role they play in our lives.
Can You Read These Psalms on Any Day?
Christians believe these Psalms can be read any day because they help us be grateful for our fathers, aid our dads to be cognizant of the blessings they have, and ultimately, help the family unit grow in faith.
Dane C. Ortlund, an Illinois-based senior pastor and Christian author, proposes that diving into Scripture and reading it every day is a form of prayer that he encourages all believers to engage in as they walk with God.
Can You Pray These Psalms for A Father That Passed Away?
According to several theologians, yes, Psalms about fatherhood can be used to pray for a father who passed away.
They reference Psalms 68:5, which says the Lord is the father to the fatherless.
For all those who feel a sense of incompleteness on Father’s Day because their dad passed away, scholars believe they may seek refuge in the Lord.
As everyone celebrates the dads and father figures in their lives, they advise that they meditate and pray over the Psalms, remembering their deceased dad and the God Almighty in Heaven, who is their ultimate Father.
As a theologian, I have always been curious to learn more about the Christian Faith. That is why I pursued a Certificate in Christian Studies, Certificate in Christian Foundations and a Masters in Theology. I also have an immersive experience in editing for numerous websites. I have worked as an editor for over a decade and am currently the editor-in-chief at Christian Faith Guide. I enjoy working as an editor and feel privileged to share my expertise and help spread God’s word. You can read more about me on the about us page.